A prototype is an early sample or model built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. A prototype is designed to test and trial new designs in order to enhance precision prior to final production.


An early human prototype developed at Florida State University by students engaged in birth control research. ¬†Initial miscalculations produced a human male they named Paul in honor of the female student’s father¬†who had correctly predicted the result.